The Natural Choice
Andersen windows by ACRE Window Replacement add beauty and save big on utility bills
by Stephanie Twining

It’s for good reason that window replacement is the number one home improvement in America. High quality replacement windows can save thousands on utility bills, add value to your home and make your home more comfortable all year round.

Because replacing old windows helps cut energy usage and is a generator of home equity, the Federal Government is giving a $1,500 tax credit towards the purchase of new windows that are installed by the end of 2010.

“The bottom line is that between the energy savings and the tax credit, the new windows virtually pay for themselves,” says Valerie Manfred, owner of ACRE Window Replacement, a Delaware Valley firm that specializes in Andersen replacement windows.

“With PECO rates expected to skyrocket next year and the tax credit expiring on Dec. 31 of this year, the payback on new windows has never been higher,” she says.

Best for the Job
But when it’s time to select a firm to do the work, it seems that the options are endless—and confusing. Multiple window firms crowd the marketplace with a dizzying array of claims and promotions. To sort through the noise, ACRE Window Replacement has demystified the window replacement process for Delaware Valley homeowners.

“The first step is to work with a firm that has a wide variety of products to offer,” says Manfred. “The reality is that one size does not fit all. A replacement window that is the perfect solution for an 80-year-old stone home in Bryn Mawr is not necessarily right for a 25-year-old rancher in King of Prussia.”

To insure that their customers have access to exactly what is right for them, ACRE offers the complete line of Andersen Windows.

“Andersen is the country’s number one window brand,” Manfred says. “Our customers know that they are getting the best product available. Also, Andersen has multiple types and styles of windows, so whether it’s an affordable vinyl window, or a fully divided lite window in oak, the Andersen family of windows will fit the bill.”

Key Experience
Manfred, a young female entrepreneur, chose the replacement window business, a field typically dominated by men, for her first business venture. Prior to founding ACRE, she had more than 10 years of experience in the construction industry, with both commercial and residential firms.

“I wanted to be in a ‘green’ business, and I was fortunate enough to have an opportunity to get involved with Andersen products,” she explains. “Most importantly, because of past experience in the industry, I was able to attract a team of experienced professionals.”

In fact, the ACRE team has more than 100 years combined experience in the replacement window business. It strives to insure that each customer has a great experience. The company assigns a personal project manager to each job to insure top level communication. Customers can even track the progress of their project on the company’s web site at

“The customer experience is paramount,” Manfred emphasizes. “Doing it right has to take precedence over doing it quick.

“In window replacement, the quality of the installation is just as important as the quality of the window itself,” she says.

Her philosophy has paid off. ACRE is by far the fastest-growing window replacement firm in the Delaware Valley, quickly becoming the region’s largest provider of replacement window products carrying the Andersen brand.

Top Quality Product
With more than 100 years in business, the Andersen brand is synonymous with quality. “Many of our customers grew up with Andersen windows, so when it’s time to replace windows in their current home, Andersen is the natural choice,” Manfred says.

ACRE also knows how to make the quality of Andersen affordable to the average homeowner. They are well versed in financing options and can offer clients low-interest loan options to make even the largest project fit into a tight budget.

This summer, the company has introduced 0-percent financing for 60 months. This long-term 0-percent option gives customers the ultimate flexibility to pay over time.

“This is not a gimmick,” Manfred says. “Most 0-percent offers require the consumer to pay off the loan in full in six months to a year, or be subjected to a 25-percent interest rate. Our offer is 0 percent for the term of the loan with no risk of facing a huge interest charge.”

ACRE believes that 0 percent for 60 months is a “game changer” for most consumers. Adding up the energy savings and taking into account the $1,500 tax credit, most homeowners can actually beautify their home with all new Andersen windows for little or even no money out of pocket.

“Most homeowners with old windows are already paying out every month what it would cost for their new windows,” Manfred says. “All they have to do is call us, and in six weeks, they will have all new windows in their home.”

Sounds beautiful.  

Interested homeowners can call ACRE at 888-REPLACE (888-737-5223) or visit